What is it?
A gastric balloon is a soft silicone expandable balloon that is placed in your stomach in order to help you to lose weight. It encourages you to control meal portions and helps you to manage your hunger. It is implanted during a short and simple procedure. Depending on a type of the balloon, it stays in for either 6 or 12 months. The balloon fills up a part of your stomach so you can work on your food portions and new healthier eating habits. The balloon is removed similar way it is implanted. In order to achive the best possible results of the treatment it is recommended to follow a diet and a workout plan while the balloon remains in your stomach as well as after it is removed.
Who it is for?
Patients between 18 and 60 with BMI of at least 27, who are willing to change their eating habits. Moderately overweight patients who have been unable to achieve their desired weight loss through traditional weight loss methods such as diet & exercise. People who are not eligible for, or who are uncomfortable with, other forms of weight loss surgery who are aiming to lose between 5 and 30kg (between 11 and 66 lbs). Patients that qualify for the treatment must be of a general good health with results of blood test, ECG and digestive tract endoscopy within the norm (tests are performed at the clinic before the procedure). You will also undergo a face to face consultation with a doctor, a nutritionist and a personal trainer.
The procedure is simple and non-surgical. It is performed with IV anaesthetics – sedation (or just local anaesthtics (throat numbing spray) for the patients who do not qualify for the sedation) . The balloon is placed by a fully qualified and experienced surgeon through a special tube through your mouth. Once inserted in the stomach, the empty balloon is filled with sterile saline. When the balloon is full, it is too large to get out of the stomach. It floats freely in the stomach and is removed after the period of maximum 6 or 12 months, the same way it was inserted. During the time the balloon is in, the patient works on changing eating habits and a healthier lifestyle.
After the procedure, you will stay overnight in the clinic. This is to make sure you are well and safe to be released the following morning. During your hospital stay, you will be accommodated in one of very comfortable patient recovery rooms. You will be looked after by a nurse and a doctor, and will be given hydrating and nourishing IV drips. You may leave the clinic after a check-up the next morning assisted by an adult companion.
Required stay in Poland
Minimum required stay in Poland is 3 nights. 1 before the procedure and 2 after. This allows a safe, from a medical point of view, journey back home. Please note, we recommend coming over to Poland with an adult companion. If you can stay longer in Poland, it’s a good idea to stay an extra day or two. For the balloon removal, it is required to come over for 2 nights (no overnight hospital stay required).
Blood coagulation disorders, gastric ulcer, heart diseases, liver diseases, lung diseases, previous gastrointestinal surgery, any inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding or other congenital anomalies, large hiatal hernia or other structural abnormality in the oesophagus or larynx, unwillingness to adopt the dietary habits and behaviour change critical to the success of the therapy, drug or alcohol addiction, pregnancy or breastfeeding, psychological disorder.
Symptoms such as nausea, stomach ache, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea or pain may occur after the balloon implantation. They may last from one day up to a few weeks. In most patients they usually last a few days.
Include taking prescribed medication, dieting and exercising. Details provided by the doctor after the procedure.
9400 PLN / £1880 / €2089 for the 6-month Orbera balloon treatment and 10400 PLN / £2080 / €2311 for the 12-month Orbera 365 treatment.
This includes a consultation with a surgeon, a nutritionist and a personal trainer, email consultations available during the treatment time, required pre-op medical tests, intravenous anaesthetics (sedation), cost of the balloon itself, 1 night of hospital stay after the balloon implantation, IV drips and medication during the hospital stay, balloon removal after up to 6-12 months (depending on the balloon type).
An additional cost is prescribed medication (around 300 PLN / £60 / €67). They are to be purchased at a pharmacy in Poland.
The assistance of an English speaking resident is obligatory to purchase (400 PLN / £80 / €89), also available in a package deal when purchasing transfers (details in “Transfers” section below).
Łódź airport LCJ – 15-min drive from the town
Warsaw Chopin airport WAW – around 2h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)
Warsaw Modlin airport WMI – around 2h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)
Prices are evaluated individually and start from 650 PLN / £130 / €144 per full transfer and assistance package. It includes Lodz airport/train station transfers, hotel transfers, consultation clinic transfers, hospital transfers and assistance of an English speaking resident during your stay. The package is obligatory to purchase when coming over without a companion or when coming with a companion but none of you speaks Polish.
Why use this service?
- No need to call for a taxi (language barrier) or order it online. All the transfers are scheduled and booked before your arrival.
- No need to wait or look around for where the taxi has parked. All the information is provided upfront.
- No risk of being overcharged. The price is set and known before arrival.
- No stress about the payment. You only pay once the full amount for the whole package so don’t have to worry about having enough local cash with you or using a card each time.
- Highly recommended by all our previous patients.
- Transfers are provided by trusted English speaking drivers who are aware you are having a medical procedure done and are extra cautious and caring.
- Clinic staff are familiar with the drivers and are in touch with each other if there is such need.